15 Apr '12, 11am

Green Rural Design Aims to Slow Urban Slum Growth

msafari2425 /CC BY 2.0 . Street scene in Addis Ababa. Life in a well-planned city can be about as green as it gets, but rapid urbanization in the developing world is taxing the ability of cities to provide adequate housing, sanitation , and other infrastructure for the people streaming into their ever-growing boundaries. In Istanbul , where I live, the population has roughly doubled since 1990, with nearly 1,000 people, most from rural Turkey, arriving every day. The situation is similar in Ethiopia, where up to 1,200 people move daily from the countryside to the capital, Addis Ababa . Eco-Friendly 'Semi-Urban Centers' More than half the population of Addis Ababa now lives in "self-built huts made from plastic sheets, wooden boards, and corrugated iron, with no sanitation or electricity," according to a recent article in OurWorld 2.0 , a United Nations environmental magazi...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/green-rural-design...

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